Friday, January 28, 2011

New Ride-Sharing Programs to Bogus Basin Launched

Posted By on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 2:00 PM

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A survey conducted last summer by Community Planning Association found that many people would like to carpool to Bogus Basin but did not want to ride with people they didn't know, and lacked a way to meet potential ride-sharers.

But as of today, that's no longer the case.

Valley Regional Transit has launched three new ride-share programs to better connect people offering and seeking rides. They are all web-based, using facebook, yahoo groups and a dedicated message board, ridesharetobogus.org.

To use the programs, aspiring ridesharers can "join" or "like" the "Ride Share to Bogus," social networking groups or just post on the board their desire to share or catch a ride.

The dedicated site was made by snowbomb.com, who made a similar board that attracted more than 3,000 users in the Lake Tahoe area. It's specifically designed to enable riders and drivers to seek out like-minded and like-scheduled cohorts, providing search fields for snowboarders, tele-skiers, skiers, smokers, nonsmokers, men, women, dates, meetings places and more.

However, if the prospect of decreasing costs, traffic and Bogus Basin's carbon footprint isn't enough to entice winter enthusiasts, VRT is also offering monthly prizes. Carpoolers can document their trips on a scorecard, then submit them via e-mail to win prizes like ski and snowboard tuneups, helmets, digital cameras and Skullcandy headphones, all by logging the most trips.

All three programs are considered in the experimental stages, but VRT Representative Steve Stuebner says if something else comes along, they're willing to try that also.

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